Description1976 Joe DiMaggio Presentational Trophy for 56-Game Hitting Streak. For two months during the late spring and early summer of 1941, the young center fielder of the New York Yankees performed a dazzling high wire act as the denizens of the baseball world and beyond craned their necks in awe and admiration. Thirty-five years later, when baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn innovated a ballot to select the most memorable moment in the history of each major league, Joltin' Joe's stunning achievement beat out such other Junior Circuit candidates as Roger Maris' 61st homer and Ted Williams' six-hit final day to earn .400 status (World Series events had their own category, thus no Larsen perfecto).
The full ballot is discussed in the May 11, 1976 edition of The New York Times, and the author of the story guessed correctly that DiMaggio's hit streak would win the election. This is the trophy that was presented to the baseball and cultural icon thirty-five years after his mathematically impossible march to fifty-six. The hefty prize measures approximately eleven inches (11") in height and rests upon a square base measuring eight inches (8") a side. A life-sized silver baseball is suspended from the curling silver top. Base is chipped at front left corner and some minor oxidation appears at the affixed plaque, but neither of these is any cause for concern. A visually impressive and historically significant tribute to one of our national pastime's masterpieces.
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